Aldi’s huge festive hampers are back and they’re all we want for Christmas

Aldi’s huge festive hampers are back and they’re all we want for Christmas


Bargains.

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Christmas is coming! We’ve stocked up on Prosecco Christmas crackers, we’ve bought ourselves a Friends Christmas t-shirt, and we’ve invested in some Harry Potter baubles to make the tree that bit more magical.

So what are we missing? A good old Christmas hamper.

Just like advent calendars – from beauty advent calendars to wine advent calendars – hampers are big business at Christmas. Some will set you back thousands of pounds. Gulp. But we’ve got good news for those who want to save some cash and get their hands on a quality hamper.

Enter: Aldi.

The supermarket is selling a range of Christmas goods this year – they’ve got gin Christmas crackers, a six-litre bottle of Prosecco and some very unique chocolate wine – but when it comes to their hampers, they’re bigger and better than ever.

There are five to choose from, and they range in price, from the Delights Hamper at £24.99, to the Exquisite Hamper at £99.99, so there’s something for every budget.

For those who want a jam-packed and very affordable hamper, the Specially Selected Luxury Hamper comes with a range of wines, truffles, coffee and pastry twists.

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It’s HUGE and includes the following from the Specially Selected range: Prosecco, Malbec, Sauvignon blanc, fruit cake, stollen bites, florentines, cranberry & clementine fudge, crackers, ground coffee, tinned almonds, savoury pastry twists, Prosecco honeycomb and truffles.

See? There’s something for everyone, and all of this comes in at a very reasonable £59.99. You can pre-order yours here.

Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi, says: ‘Aldi’s Christmas hamper collection offers
our customers the chance to treat loved ones to something really luxurious this Christmas.

‘With so many expensive hampers on the market at this time of year, our dedicated buying teams have worked hard to create a selection of hampers that excite and delight at every price point.’

Shoppers should order by 19th December for free Christmas delivery.

We’ll take one of each, thanks.

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If your name is on this list, it means that you’re really clusmy

If your name is on this list, it means that you’re really clusmy


Sorry.

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Ever wondered why you’re so clumsy? No matter what you do, you’re always bumping into something/dropping whatever you’re holding/tripping on a non-existent step.

And when it comes to dropping your phone, that’s another thing entirely. You probably couldn’t count on two hands the number of times you’ve had to get your smashed screen repaired.

But according to a new study, if your name appears on this list then you’re more likely to be clumsy. So it’s technically not your fault.

As reported by Her.ie, research by the phone repair company iSmash showed that these people are more likely to accidentally break their phone.

So who are the people with butter fingers?

Apparently, James and Sarah top the list, with David, Paul, Emma and Laura not far behind.

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The top 40 names are as follows (yep, there are a lot so it’s likely you appear on there somewhere).

  1. James
  2. David
  3. Paul
  4. Sarah
  5. Mark
  6. Michael
  7. John
  8. Chris
  9. Andrew
  10. Alex
  11. Richard
  12. Tom
  13. Emma
  14. Daniel
  15. Simon
  16. Matthew
  17. Ben
  18. Peter
  19. Sam
  20. Adam
  21. Laura
  22. Robert
  23. Charlotte
  24. Hannah
  25. Rebecca
  26. Nick
  27. Claire
  28. Jack
  29. Sophie
  30. Lucy
  31. Stephen
  32. Anna
  33. Thomas
  34. Jonathan
  35. George
  36. Amy
  37. Katie
  38. Matt
  39. Joe
  40. Martin

Founder of iSmash, Julian Shovlin, said: ‘We carried out the research to see if there was any correlation between names and phone breakages, with the results suggesting that certain names have less luck than others.

‘Damaging your phone is always inconvenient and if your name is on the list, I would suggest buying a case to help save you from future breakages.

‘Thankfully, if you do break your device, there are trusted stores out there that can get your device repaired swiftly and safely, leaving you with minimal downtime, no matter how clumsy you are.’

So the next time someone mocks you for your shattered screen, just tell them it’s totally down to your name.

If your name doesn’t appear on this list, then you’re just really clumsy. Sorry.

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Liam Hemsworth just shared a heartbreaking photo of what’s left of his and Miley Cyrus’ house after the wildfires

Liam Hemsworth just shared a heartbreaking photo of what’s left of his and Miley Cyrus’ house after the wildfires


‘It’s been a heartbreaking few days’

The California wildfires this year have been some of the most destructive on record, killing over 50 people and destroying homes across the area.

Two people who lost their home to a California wildfire were Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, who released striking images of the remains of their Malibu house.

‘It’s been a heartbreaking few days,’ Liam posted to his Instagram account, alongside the shocking photograph. ‘This is what’s left of my house. Love. Many people in Malibu and surrounding areas in California have lost their homes also and my heart goes out to everyone who was affected by these fires.’

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It’s been a heartbreaking few days. This is what’s left of my house. Love. Many people in Malibu and surrounding areas in California have lost their homes also and my heart goes out to everyone who was affected by these fires. I spent the day in Malibu yesterday and it was amazing to see the community pulling together to help each other out in any way they can. Malibu is a strong community and this event is only going to make it stronger. Thankful for the all the great local guys that helped keep smaller fires out around my property. I love u guys. I love you Malibu. Thank you to all the hero firefighters around California. It’s going to be a journey to rebuild. Stay strong all. To help/donate visit @malibufoundation and @happyhippiefdn

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‘I spent the day in Malibu yesterday and it was amazing to see the community pulling together to help each other out in any way they can,’ he continued. ’Malibu is a strong community and this event is only going to make it stronger.’

Miley Cyrus has also spoken out since the wildfires, posting to her Instagram stories:

‘I am one of the lucky ones. My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that’s all that matters right now. My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong. I am grateful for all I have left. Sending so much love and gratitude to the firefighters and LA country Sheriff’s department!’

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the wildfires.

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David the chimp from Dynasties was found dead and we’re all heartbroken

David the chimp from Dynasties was found dead and we’re all heartbroken


Nooooooo :'(

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We’ve been eagerly awaiting Sir David Attenborough’s latest series, Dynasties, since we watched the intense trailer last month.

And the first episode did not disappoint. It followed a community of chimpanzees, battling the extreme conditions in the jungles of Senegal and Guinea, West Africa, and to say it was dramatic is an understatement.

The alpha male, David, was the protagonist of the episode as the longest-reigning alpha in the group’s history. We watched in awe as he defended his leadership; we were devastated when he was left for dead after a brutal attack from two younger chimps; and we were amazed when he made a miraculous recovery, found his pack and retained his position in the group as leader.

It’s fair to say that everyone was cheering for David by the end of the episode as he went on to become a father to the cutest little chimp we’ve ever seen.

However, we’re sad to report that David was later found dead after filming.

David Attenborough recently admitted that his one rule is not to interfere when animals are dying, but many are devastated that David the chimp has passed away.

Jill Pruetz, a director of the Fongoli Savannah Chimpanzee Project, has been following and studying the group of chimps for twenty years. She confirmed the news to The Telegraph, explaining: ‘He died from wounds inflicted from what I’m sure are these young males.

‘There aren’t other animals that would have inflicted wounds like that – especially when you have multiple individuals attacking a single individual.

‘He was very aggressive that’s why he held onto his dominant status for so long.’

She continued: ‘He was pretty clever but our best interpretation of what happened is that these adult males jumped him.

‘Jumkin who was a beta male is now the alpha. There’s a huge absence. It’s like more than one chimp is gone.

‘The dynamic is really different. I imagine Jumkin will be alpha for a while. However, you can see Luther [another beta] already challenging him a bit.’

Sob.

Next week, we’ll be following emperor penguins on the coast of Antarctica – and we’re hoping for a much happier ending.

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Barack Obama just reviewed Michelle Obama’s memoir and it’s too much

Barack Obama just reviewed Michelle Obama’s memoir and it’s too much


These two!

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She might not live in the White House anymore, but that hasn’t stopped Former First Lady Michelle Obama inspiring us on the regular.

In fact, she’s the go-to girl when it comes to pep talks.

It’s hardly surprising therefore that the 54-year-old’s memoir, Becoming, is flying off the shelves, delving deep into Michelle’s life and discussing everything from her childhood and motherhood to ‘her time spent at the world’s most famous address‘.

The reaction to the book has been hysterical, with even Michelle’s husband, former POTUS Barack Obama taking to social media to offer his review.

‘Of course, @MichelleObama’s my wife, so I’m a little biased here. But she also happens to be brilliant, funny, wise – one of a kind,’ he posted alongside a photo of his wife’s memoir. ‘This book tells her quintessentially American story. I love it because it faithfully reflects the woman I have loved for so long.’

Yes, we’re crying too.

And Barack isn’t the only person singing Michelle’s praises. In fact, the former FLOTUS is so popular that the London leg of her 13-night book tour sold out in seconds, with tens of thousands of fans taking to Twitter to voice their disappointment.

‘Truly humbled by the response to my upcoming book tour,’ Michelle Obama tweeted. ‘I can’t wait to share BECOMING with all of you & hope to see you somewhere along the way!’

We’re off to dream about Barack and Michelle’s couple goals.

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Don’t miss the Fabled by Marie Claire Black Friday shopping event

Don’t miss the Fabled by Marie Claire Black Friday shopping event


You’re invited to an exclusive Black Friday shopping evening to stock up on all your beauty favourites…

fabled by Marie Claire Black Friday shopping evening

The Fabled by Marie Claire Black Friday Shopping Event will include 20% off in store for one night only plus a complimentary glass of bubbly and a goodie bag. Taking place at our 5,000 sq ft flagship beauty emporium on Tottenham Court Road, London, you’ll also be able to meet the Marie Claire beauty team for 121 beauty advice and recommendations.

fabled by Marie Claire Black Friday shopping event

Fabled by Marie Claire is the one-stop-shop for beauty junkies, with an extensive range of premium and niche brands, including Benefit, ghd, Urban Decay, NARS and Perricone MD. But here’s the game changer: now you can get the products you love, exactly when you want them. As well as our huge store, Fabled by Marie Claire is online at fabled.com to provide you with next-day delivery. You can choose an allocated delivery time slot, seven days a week, so you never have to wait for that all-important parcel again.

When

Thursday 22nd November

Time

6.30-9.00 pm

Where

Fabled by Marie Claire, 21 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 1BJ

Tickets

£10 each; includes 20 per cent off in store, a complimentary glass of bubbly and a goodie bag, one per customer. You can buy your ticket here.

Terms & Conditions: Tickets are non-refundable. Goodie bag given with every ticket purchase, one goodie bag per person.

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Natalie Portman’s Dior dress took 250 hours to make and it’s gorgeous

Natalie Portman’s Dior dress took 250 hours to make and it’s gorgeous


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Dior sure knows how to create a showstopper of a dress (and a saddle bag for that matter). For Nicole Kidman’s Cannes dress, Maria Grazia Chiuri and her atelier spent a casual 1,000 hours sewing, embellishing and refining to create the look, inspired by a French garden.

Last night, Natalie Portman stepped out in a ballet dancer-inspired tulle gown for the Vox Lux film screening in LA, a look straight off the AW18 runway.

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The dress was however specially made to fit the actress for the occasion, and while it didn’t take as long as Nicole Kidman’s, it still took 250 hours.

It took four seamstresses to sew the 45 metres of tulle together, to create the ballgown style dress which featured a dipped V neck back and full skirt.

Across town, Lady Gaga wore a similar Dior gown to another event, a strapless blush organza affair which took 300 hours to make thanks to its many scalloped layers.

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Ryanair’s massive Christmas sale means flights for less than a fiver

Ryanair’s massive Christmas sale means flights for less than a fiver


Really.

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We don’t know about you, but the grey days have us dreaming of our next holiday. Who else has been frantically Googling ‘best winter getaways’ to find a nice little trip to break up the cold season?

Yes, we have Christmas coming up, and we’re already counting down – but it’s always nice to have a few days away to look forward to, especially when the weather is less than pleasant.

Whether you’re after the best Christmas markets or a warmer winter, pack your best luggage because we’ve got some REALLY good news.

If you’re itching to book a nice little getaway this winter, look no further than Ryanair. The budget airline is currently having a HUGE Christmas sale – and there are flights going for less than a fiver.

Yes, really.

If you fancy a trip to the Ukraine or Norway, you can get a one-way flight for a measly £4.88. That’s only slightly more than your local supermarket meal deal.

Air hostess

And if you want to splash out an extra £3, you can get a one-way flight to the following countries for just £7.82:

Denmark

Spain

France

Germany

Czech Republic

Netherlands

Sweden

Lithuania

Ireland

Poland

Luxembourg

Italy

Montenegro

Flights leave from London Stansted, Luton, Gatwick, Edinburgh, Manchester, East Midlands, Bristol, Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Newquay, Derry and Cardiff – although prices and destinations vary from airport to airport.

There are also a few conditions – you must travel between 20th November 2018 and 31st March 2019, and the sale ends at midnight tonight.

Fares are also subject to availability, so if we were you we’d get booking ASAP.

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Has Harry and Meghan’s PDA inspired this change in Will and Kate?

Has Harry and Meghan’s PDA inspired this change in Will and Kate?


Who knew chemistry could be so contagious?

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There’s no denying that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make a particularly cute couple.

We’ve all seen the pics from their tour of New Zealand – him giving her his jacket to wear as they walked through Redwoods Tree Walk, and her shielding him from the rain as he made a speech by holding up the umbrella for him!

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It seems that they can’t actually make a public appearance together without being caught lovingly gazing into one another’s eyes or engaging in some form of PDA.

Although it’s not exactly orthodox behaviour for members of the royal family to be so affectionate in public, Harry and Meghan are putting their own refreshing stamp on the public’s perception of our royal couples, and it seems that this behaviour is starting to rub off on Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Body language expert Judi James has said that Meghan’s own ‘tactile behaviour with Harry’ seems to have had a ‘profound “echo” effect on William and Kate’s rituals’.

We noticed this over the weekend when Kate and William attended a Remembrance Day service at Westminster Abbey, where he lovingly put his hand on Kate’s back.

A few days before this, Kate was pictured resting her hand on Will’s knee during a visit to Coach Core in Essex.

Not to mention when they were also caught holding hands inside St. Georges Chapel at Princess Eugenie’s wedding last month.

Which. Just. Looked. So. Cute.

Is it true that Harry and Meghan’s behaviour is the cause of this surge of PDA from the normally quite demure Will and Kate?

Whatever the reason, they’re all looking so happy and we want to see more!!! Spread the luv.

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People think Ivanka Trump’s image change is actually a political warning

People think Ivanka Trump’s image change is actually a political warning


But what does it all mean?!

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Ivanka Trump is both the First Daughter and Special Assistant to the President, given a West Wing office, classified information clearance and a government-issued phone, something that caused the public to cry nepotism.

Since her appointment, the 37-year-old has only taken on more responsibility, attending state events in place of her father and even considered for the role of UN Ambassador last month.

Now, there’s even more speculation about where she’s heading – especially after a recent image change.

The change in question? Blonder. Much blonder.

Ivanka’s hair has steadily been getting increasingly blonde since she took up her post, but the latest change has turned it icy white.

While this could just be a random hair decision, there is speculation that it could instead be down to her rise to power.

‘The blonde, blonder, blondest progression of Ivanka’s hair color is not an uncommon one,’ Celebrity colourist Kyle Whit explained via Instyle, having previously worked with the First Daughter.

Going on, he explained how many high profile women have gone blonder as they gain more power, adding ‘Carolyn Besset going platinum when she married John Kennedy Jr. comes to mind.’

He continued: ‘The maintenance level is so much higher with these types of blondes, which is a status symbol in and of itself, that you can afford the time and expense uber blonde shades require. Strong color like a solid cool blonde tells the world you’re a strong woman with strong opinions.’

So is Ivanka’s image change a sign that more power and responsibility are coming her way? Only time will tell.

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